Meaning of openly proclaiming Islam in lands of disbelievers

بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم

It is well known that the Hijrah is wajib upon a Muslims if they cannot openly proclaim Islam in lands of disbelievers. So what is the meaning of openly proclaiming Islam ?

Ash-Sheikh Ishaaq ibn ‘Abdir-Rahmaan ibn Hasan said

In his fatwaa regarding the meaning of openly performing the religion, and it is important. He said, as is mentioned in Ad-Durar As-Saniyah, volume 8, pages 304-306, “Abandoning the disbelievers and the polytheists; the Qur’aan from beginning to end calls to that. And its benefit is to make a distinction between the awliyaa (allies) of Allaah and His enemies. And close to this is abandoning the people of innovations and desires. Al-Imaam Ahmad and others from the salaf have stated to stay far away from them and avoid them and to leave off praying on them.

And Ibn Katheer (Rahimahullah) has quoted Ijmaa’ (Consensus of the Scholars) that the one who leaves off hijrah is a sinner committing a forbidden act by leaving off hijrah. And it is not enough to hate them with the heart. Rather, it is a must to manifest the enmity and hatred.

He (Sub-hanahu wa ta`aalaa) said:

قَدْ كَانَتْ لَكُمْ أُسْوَةٌ حَسَنَةٌ فِي إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَالَّذِينَ مَعَهُ إِذْ قَالُوا لِقَوْمِهِمْ إِنَّا بُرَآءُ مِنْكُمْ وَمِمَّا تَعْبُدُونَ مِنْ دُونِ اللَّهِ كَفَرْنَا بِكُمْ وَبَدَا بَيْنَنَا وَبَيْنَكُمُ الْعَدَاوَةُ وَالْبَغْضَاءُ أَبَدًا حَتَّى تُؤْمِنُوا بِاللَّهِ وَحْدَهُ الآية

“There has been for you an excellent example in Ibraaheem and those with him when they said, ‘Indeed we are free from you and what you worship other than Allaah. We have denied you and there has appeared between us and you enmity and hatred forever until you believe in Allaah alone…” – Al-Mumtahanah: 4

Look at this declaration which there is no declaration after it where he said: “has appeared between us”; meaning: has manifested. This is openly performing the religion. So it is a must to be explicit about enmity and declaring them to be disbelievers publicly and to separate from them physically.

And the meaning of ‘adaawah (enmity) is: for you to be on one side while the opponent is on another side. The root of baraa’ah (freeing oneself) is to separate with the heart and the tongue and the body. The heart of the believer is not void of enmity of the disbelievers. The dispute is only about manifesting the enmity, for verily it could be hidden for a legislated reason, and that is being forced while having reassurance (of the heart). And the enmity could be hidden by a weak person excused by the Qur’aan. And the enmity could be hidden for a worldly reason, and it is what is predominant in most people. This is if agreement does not appear from him. And the claim of the one who Allaah has blinded his insight and claims that openly performing the religion is if they do not prevent the one who worships or teaches is a false claim. His claim is refuted intellectually and legislatively. That false ruling discourages the one who is in the lands of the Christians and the Magians and the Hindus, for verily the prayer and the adhaan and teaching exists in their lands. This is a nullification of hijrah and jihaad, and blocks the people from the way of right conduct.”

Ash-Sheikh ‘Abdullaah ibn ‘Abdir-Rahmaan Abu Bateen said

as is in Ad-Durar As-Saniyah, volume 8, page 295, “And what (you) have mentioned of the state of the one who is amongst the polytheists, if he is able to manifest tawheed whereas he proclaims to them that these affairs of shirk which are done at the graves and other places (like temples of disbelievers) are falsehood and deviance, and I am free from the one who does it, then the likes of this one, hijrah is not incumbent upon him. And if he is not able to proclaim that while believing it to be falsehood and that it is terrible shirk, this one has left off something incumbent (Wajib) upon him and he does not become a disbeliever by that.”

End of speech of the Shaykh.

These two sayings from these scholars are taken from the book of Shaykh Abu Amr Hafidahullah “Guiding the best of people to the obligation of making hijrah from the lands of the disbelievers”, which is translated in english and can be downloaded from

Lastly…. know the brothers, no Muslim can practice Islam in lands of disbelievers except what the disbelievers decide him to follow (their version of Islam). No one can explain the Noble Quran verses and Noble Hadeeth except in a way what the disbelievers agree.

They have already wrongly publicized many concepts of Islam as in-human or anti-national, so no Muslim can practice or teach them. The Masaajid are free from teaching as they fear they might be oppressively labelled as terrorists (so who will take the risk while his life is moving with comfort !!!). So you can see the Muslims are in great ignorance and they feel shy to appear as Muslims. You can see the Muslims sending their daughters to study in co-education schools and colleges because of their ignorance about the basics of deen and the deviant ideologies spread by the deviant sects like Al Ikhwan Al Muslimuun and they have lost their zeal and shyness to veil their woman from the eyes of men.

And the practicing Muslim is embarrassed in many public places where the people look at him with fear and suspicion and it is difficult for him to get a good job or work. So many muslims chose to remain with appearance of disbelievers even if their heart wishes otherwise. You can see the Muslims live in great fear because of the severe laws that they impose on Muslims.

And they support all deviated sects like

  • Al Ikhwan Al Muslimuun – who call towards democracy (which is major shirk) any many other deviations under the name of the Quran and the Sunnah
  • Rafidah (Who declare great companions Abu Bakr and Umar as disbelievers and declare the Quran as altered and they dont believe in Ahadeeth),
  • Qadiyaniyyah (a disbelieving sect that follow the liar Ghulam Ahmad Al Qadiyani who falsely claimed himself as Prophet)
  • Grave worshipers

And they give them high posts in the committees created to look after affairs of Muslims. You can see many several big masaajid are with them and they deviate the muslims under the name of Islam with their authority and money. So any muslim who wants to be safe and secured in lands of disbelievers, needs to follow one of these deviant sects.

Compiled by : AbdunNoor Al Hindi